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Only the last 6 of the 10 commandments deal with loving your neighbor, the first 4 deal with loving God.

The Romans 13 quote is good.

I would also point out 1st Corinthians 13:1-13 "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. "

Also, it has been said that Love is balanced. Everyone knows that if you are too hard on people it's not love, but being too soft isn't really love either. I don't think it's loving to accept bad behavior. If you really love an alcoholic, you try to get them off of alcohol. Sometimes real love might not appear warm and fuzzy.

Is the question how love should be showed towards the bombers or those who are thought to be the bombers? Either way, love should be manifested in giving them a very fair trial and proper treatment according to the law. We should not respond with evil towards evil, but rather with fairness, and proper justice:

1st Thessalonians 5:15 "See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men."

Forgiveness is the prerogative of those who have been wronged so I don't think it's up to us to just let the guilty off the hook. We're not only supposed to be loving to enemies, but also to the victims.